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Real Answers™
Copyright: © 2007 Donald E. Lindman
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By: Don Lindman

The date was December 16, 1969, and I was on an airplane taxiing to an O’Hare Airport terminal when in the distance I spotted one of the very first of the jumbo jets, an original Boeing 747, parked at another terminal next to some 707’s.  Even at a distance the plane was awesome, dwarfing what we had until then thought to be a very large airplane.

The event was newsworthy enough to rate coverage on the front page of at least one Chicago newspaper.  I read the story the next morning, and then, leafing through the rest of the newspaper, spotted a much smaller article acknowledging the 66th anniversary of the first sustained airplane flight, with Orville Wright at the controls and Wilbur Wright serving as ground crew.

The Wright brothers’ flight stayed aloft a record total of 12 seconds.  And it was quite an accomplishment.  The reporter noted that one prominent citizen of Dayton, Ohio, which the Wright brothers called home, had said, “Human beings will never fly.  But if one does, he will not be from Dayton, Ohio.  And if he should be from Dayton, he will not be one of the Wright brothers.”

I wondered what Orville and Wilbur would think if they were to have seen that Boeing 747.  They never, in their wildest dreams, could have imagined what their little stab at aviation history would lead to.

Soon we will celebrate the birth of a baby in a far off boondocks village of Bethlehem in a nation we call Israel.  That baby, said the great cleric Phillips Brooks (composer of “O Little Town of Bethlehem”), “Was born in a lowly manger, the child of a peasant woman.

“He grew up in an obscure village.

“He worked in a carpenter shop until he was thirty, and then for three years he was an itinerant preacher.

“He never wrote a book.  He never held an office.  He never went to college.

“He never owned a house.  He never had a family.  He never traveled two hundred miles from the place where he was born. 

“He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness….

“He was turned over to his enemies.  He went through the mockery of a trial.

“He was nailed upon a cross between two thieves.

“His executioners gambled for the only piece of property he had on earth while he was dying—his coat.

“When he was dead, he was taken down and laid in a borrowed tomb through the pity of a friend.”

Not much there to work with.  That’s a dossier we would likely close very quickly.  But it’s amazing what God does with obscurity when it suits his purposes.

Brooks goes on: “Nineteen wide centuries have come and gone.

“Today he is the center-piece of the human race and leader of the column of progress.

“I am within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, and all the navies that were ever built, and all the parliaments that ever sat, and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as has that one solitary life.”

“But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village in Judah.  Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you…and he will stand to lead his flock with the Lord’s strength (Micah 5:2,4 NLT).”

Just think: it all began with a baby!

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